TheRoot.com, By Stephanie Holland, Posted December 6th 2023
On Sunday, the 19-year-old livestreamed his family’s dirty business for the whole world to judge and comment on.
If you thought your family’s Thanksgiving was full of drama, it was nothing compared to the Harris’ public meltdown. While attending the Atlanta Falcons NFL game on Sunday, rapper T.I., his wife Tiny and their son King Harris got into a public fight, which seemingly led to a physical scuffle between father and son.
The argument, which the 19-year-old livestreamed on Instagram, grew out of T.I. and Tiny’s claims that King can’t understand what it was like to grow up poor. The “Whatever You Like” rapper can be heard asking King if he knows what it’s like to “wake up with a roach on your face?” As the crowd mocks him for having a “silver spoon,” King yells that he was often left at his grandmother’s house.
At this point, Tiny breaks into the stream to explain that he only wanted to go to his grandmother’s because she let him “suck a pacifier until he was 12.” Her son replied that he wanted to be “outside” not behind a gated community. King continued to hysterically yell at his father about how “he know” who he really is and that his parents were “capping” about his upbringing. From there, the aspiring rapper got defensive and repeatedly screamed at his mother, “Why y’all doing that to me? Y’all know I stand on business.”
The situation then escalated with T.I. telling his son, “You are embarrassing yourself and the family, nigga.” Things then appeared to get physical between the two, with the Atlanta rapper yelling, “Boy, you can’t do nothing with me! Ain’t shit you can do with me!”
After the incident, in since deleted Instagram Stories post, King wrote, “I Stand on. BUSINESS DONT GIVE A FUCK WHO U ARE … IDGAF WHO U ARE MF CANT PLAY WIT ME N MY FACE NOT GOIN FOR DA IM A GROWN ASS MAN NOW.”
“If ima mistake say dat stop making da world think u fw me when u DONT. Nigga be faking a image for da internet &. It AINT Me,” he continued.
King is obviously at an age where he’s going to challenge his parents’ authority. It happens to everyone when they hit their late teens/early 20s. However, doing so in such a public manner does not help him or his family. I know social media seems like real life to a lot of kids, but it’s not. I guarantee a day will come when he regrets airing his dirty laundry on a livestream that will live forever on the internet.
And even if he’s right about his parents not showing him enough attention as a child, his immaturity and the way he speaks to them here is not adult behavior. No one can take your argument seriously when you’re having a literal temper tantrum in front of the whole world.